Anohni has shared a new video for her HOPELESSNESS track, "Obama." In keeping with the aesthetic of her previously released videos from the album, Anohni's latest clip consists entirely of faces against blank backgrounds. The song expresses disappointment with the Obama administration, and, as the president's days in office wind down, Anohni has shared a statement along with the video, urging Obama to pardon Chelsea Manning. "OBAMA, Please let Chelsea Manning out of prison," she wrote. "Recognize her tremendous sacrifice, and her vulnerability. With Trump incoming, if you leave Chelsea there. She will never see the light of day, or worse."
Watch the "Obama" video above and read Anohni's full statement below.
Condemned under Obama's administration to 35 years for blowing the
whistle on US war crimes, America's number one political prisoner is a
transgendered former soldier who sits in solitary confinement after
leaking video footage of US drone execution of a Reuters journalist.
"OBAMA, I voted for you. I campaigned for you across Europe.
Like thousands of others, in the newspapers and on TV, I told European
press that you were a feminist, a kind and reasonable man, a just and
fair man, that you would restore our country's dignity.
OBAMA, Please let Chelsea Manning out of prison.
Recognize her tremendous sacrifice, and her vulnerability.
With Trump incoming, if you leave Chelsea in prison,
she will never see the light of day, or worse.
If you leave Chelsea Manning in prison for whistle blowing
You send the final message to our nation
that the Obama administration brutally punished moral courage
in these unforgiving United States.
She has suffered Enough, President Obama.
She poses no threat.
Show us the heart of the Obama administration now.
The election is over.
There is no political advantage left in allowing Chelsea to perish in
Have mercy on her, Obama,
friend of the trans community:
I implore you to Free Chelsea Manning."